Now that my children are 18 and 17 respectively I decided its time to finish college. I've been accepted to Mount St. Mary's College here in Los Angeles. They have a weekend college program specifically designed for working people. For my first semester back I'm taking some interesting courses: Old Testament, Presidents and Personality and a Small Business Management class. In the Small Business Management class I already have an assignment. I have to research 2 small business and write a 1 to 2 page paper about them. Because I want to eventually run a small farm I have decided that one of the business will be a small farm. I went to a local farmers market and got a few names and numbers. Today I put together some questions to ask the farmers in my interview. I am posting them here for your wonderful advice
Do the questions need work? Do you have any ideas for more questions or better ones? Its just a short paper so I don't want to do a very long interview. Plus I know farmers are busy
Anyway, without further ado:
1. What made you go into the farming business?
2. What experience did you have prior to start up that helped you?
3. What are the most important things you have learned in the first few years of business?
4. How do you set yourself apart from your competition?
5. What marketing strategies have been most helpful to your business?
6. Has the economy affected your business at this time?
7. If yes, what changes have you made to your business to accommodate the current economic climate?
8. Do you expect the economy to affect your business in the near future?
9. If yes, what preparations have you made for possible future effects of the economy?
10. What advice would you have for a person who wants to operate a small farm?